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What Causes Pain Behind The Ear
What can cause pain behind right ear that radiates down neck into arm? Pain increases with inhaling and stops when holding breath. No cold symptoms.
Radiculopathy: Pain that radiates down the arm can reflect a cervical radiculopathy (shooting pains due to a pinched nerve in the cervical spine). I'm not sure what to make of the association with breathing, although conceivably a pancoast tumor (a tumor a the top of the lungs) could cause the constellation of symptoms you describe. A tumor would be very rare, but see your physician if symptoms persist. ...Read more
Few things: This could be caused by nerve irritation stemming from your upper cervical (neck) spine. It could also be related to your mastoid bone. If you have had any recent infections, such as an ear infection, that infection can migrate to your mastoid bone and cause complications. You also have some muscle attachments just at the base of your skull that could lead to pain in the area. Hope that helps! ...Read more
A few possibilities: Infection: skin, mastoiditis, pimple, shingles = common.Also common but rarely diagnosed: inflammation of the posterior or greater auricular nerves.Treatment for this might be neuroprolotherapy.Another cause could be jamming of cranial sutures behind the ear.If problem persists &/or other symptoms like fever or ear drainage-see Dr.Osteopathic exam & manipulation could help suture prob. & infection ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What causes pain behind your right ear. I've been having allergy flair ups could this be related and what do you do to stop it?
Tendonitis: The area behind the ear is the mastoid process. If you do not have any hearing loss or any pus from the ear canal, the most common cause of pain just behind the ear is inflammation of the attachment of the large neck muscle (SCM) that attaches to the mastoid process. Heat and analgesics for a week. If not better, see an ENT doctor. ...Read more
See dentist: With your anxiety, you may well be grinding your teeth at night/clenching throughout the day. This may lead to a throbbing pain behind one ear. There are also other potential causes as well including a blood vessel issue. First check with the dentist. If nothing found, then see your doctor who may consider a MRI at the area. A middle-ear infection can cause throbbing pain at the ear itself. ...Read more
A number of things: Throbbing pain behind the ear with activity could be due to clenching your teeth, negative pressure behind your ear, or muscle spasm. A good ear exam by an ENT may help, but start by considering if you are grinding or clenching your teeth during whatever activity causes the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sinusitis/neuralgia: Headache pain behind the ear could be a form or sinusitis called mastoiditis as in the inflammation of sinus in the mastoid bone that is behind the ear. Other possibility is occipital neuralgia due to irritation of occipital nerve. If you have history of sinusitis go to ENT doctor, otherwise go to neurologist. Also if you have change in hearing, ear fullness or tinnitus, go to ent. ...Read more
Yes it could.: The nerves which give sensation to the back of the scalp come from the upper three nerve roots of your neck area. If one of these are "trapped" it could cause pain. There are a number of other causes to consider if you're having pain in that area. You should consult your physician for a full examination/evaluation. ...Read more
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